What are you currently reading? Red Notice by Bill Browder The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented? Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and in fiction The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Which books of your clients are publishing this year? This fall, two extraordinary novels with twinned titles: The Winter Solider by Daniele Mason and The Winters by Lisa Gabriele and one work of non-fiction Dan Lyons book on corporate culture called Lab Rats.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? For non-fiction, I am really interested in books that use narrative to teach and explore worlds and ideas, without being didactic, whether that’s through journalism, memoir or research. For fiction, strong voices and compelling stories. I want to feel from page one that the writer is in charge and that I’m moving through the book with some emotional urgency.
What are you NOT looking for? I’m not looking for genre fiction, children’s books, illness specific memoirs (unless it’s really literary), books that serve a niche audience (in any category), travel essays.
What are you currently reading? Sunburn by Laura Lippman; Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented? Pachinko by Min Jin Lee; Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld; Blue Blood by Ed Conlon. The Perfect Spy by John le Carré; The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler; I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor; The Inviting Life by Laura Calder; Cross Her Hert by Sarah Pinborough; The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo; Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen;. Duncan Hamilton is working on his masterwork of sportswriting in Going to the Match.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? Gorgeous writing, proper storytelling, propulsive narrative non-fiction. For fiction, books that “stimulate the mind and satisfy the heart” is a phrase I borrowed from an editor in London, which illuminates every read, regardless of categorization. This is especially true for me in the Crime/ Thriller/ Psychological Suspense space because I love the writers who subvert my expectations in terms of plot and style. I’m crazy for literary fiction that engages me emotionally as much as I can fall in love with the voice. Literary memoir, it must be spectacular writing. There’s nothing more exciting than discovering a writer for the first time and feeling that I might have a vision for what they are creating, one imagination reaching another. I am inevitably passionate about Irish Writing, naturally, and always keen to read more. I’m eager to find more new American voices that can speak to an international audience. Spy stories, anything involving dysfunctional families and kick-ass female characters will always have a place in my heart.
What are you NOT looking for? Children’s books, traditional Sci-Fi, Travel Memoir or Romance.
What are you currently reading? You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld and The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy.
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented? For fiction, all of Curtis Sittenfeld’s novels, The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer, The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. For non-fiction, Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, Quiet by Susan Cain, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman, The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? Robin Benway’s National Book Award winner Far From the Tree; Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (soon to be a tv series!); and I’m looking forward to the upcoming publications of The Whole Smith’s Good Food Cookbook by Michelle Smith (HMH, June) and Samuel Park’s The Caregiver (S&S, Sept).
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? My list is split pretty evenly between fiction and non-fiction. I work with a wide range of authors, from debut novelists to Food Network stars to seasoned bestsellers. In fiction, I’m looking for literary, upmarket, historical, literary suspense, and YA. I grew up in Michigan and went to the University of Michigan, so I have a soft spot for Midwestern settings (and a strong sense of place, period). I love domestic sagas, unique voices, and anything with page-turning momentum. For non-fiction, I look for narrative, science, food, lifestyle/health, and more. I work closely with my authors before submission, thoroughly editing as necessary, to make sure we’re sending out the best possible book, and every step of the way after that. I love matchmaking my authors with the right editors: the goal is to establish a whole career, not just place one book. And I'm always hoping that the next query I read is one that blows me away.
What are you NOT looking for?
Sci-fi, fantasy, horror, romance, picture books.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and the San Francisco Bay Area and hold a B.A. in History from Stanford University. I joined Fletcher & Company in 2012. After working in New York for several years, I relocated back to San Francisco, where I am based today.
I’m looking for strong writing and powerful stories in literary fiction and a wide range of non-fiction topics, including business, science, memoir and history. I prefer queries for fiction to include a sample chapter pasted in-line.
Which books of your clients are publishing soon or have recently published? Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky (Currency); Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad by Krystal Sital (W.W. Norton); Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin (Portfolio); B&N Discover Pick & Ridenhour Book Prize Winner The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of a New American Life by Lauren Markham (Crown).
What are you currently reading? Hospital by Julie Salamon; Belonging by Nora Krug
What are you currently reading? The Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires; Normal People by Sally Rooney
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? I’m drawn to voices with a new story to tell, especially writers from different parts of the world, Americans whose stories are underrepresented in traditional publishing, and works in translation. A sense of urgency is crucial for me, and writers who engage critically with questions of identity (encompassing race, class, gender expression, sexuality, physical ability) and our collective future (political and economic systems, technology, the climate) are nearest to my heart. In fiction, I look for novels with a fresh, contemporary voice that grapple with the complexities of culture and politics but balance those elements with storytelling that delves deep into the inner worlds of its characters in a way that challenges expectations and gets you deeply invested in the emotional stakes of the story (a la Zadie Smith, Sheila Heti). On the nonfiction side, I’m interested in compelling critical takes on current and historical cultural and sociological trends and investigative and issue-focused narrative nonfiction, as well as memoir that makes the personal political and vice versa (Eula Biss, Maggie Nelson).
What are you NOT looking for? Genre fantasy, sci-fi, and romance; commercial women’s and historical fiction; self-help; YA.
What were you doing before you joined Fletcher & Company? I studied Spanish language and literature (as well as sociology and education) at Occidental College and then moved to Colombia to teach English and travel. After returning to the States I spent some time as a translator and worked at an academic publisher before making the move to the agency side of the business.
What are you currently reading? My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented? Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival by Michael Webber, Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith, The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan Howard, Night of the Living Shadows by Dave Coverly, Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? I have a wide range of interests when it comes to non-fiction: from popular philosophy, science and psychology, to serious history, soft business, self-help and quirky gift books. I’m continually growing more interested in health, fitness and wellness and would like to work with more authors in this area. I work with many academics and historians and am open to projects in which the author is branching out from an academic audience to reach a broader trade market.
For fiction, I’m drawn to stories with a dark, suspenseful, philosophical or mysterious bent. They tend to be literary thrillers, mysteries or crime fiction (but not always) and could be literary or commercial, adult or YA. I’m intrigued by supernatural or fantastical elements (not high fantasy) woven into great writing, like the sensibility of Kelly Link, Karen Russell or Jonathan Howard.
What are you NOT looking for? Cookbooks, children’s books, genre fiction (unless it aligns with the above). I don’t personally read a lot of memoirs, so a memoir would have to be incredibly special in some way for me to take it on.
What are you currently reading? Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented? Caesar by Adrian Goldsworthy, Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt, Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed, The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, The Sports Gene by David Epstein.
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? Recent & 2017 forthcoming: Neal Bascomb’s The Winter Fortress, The West Point History of World War II, James Hamblin’s If Our Bodies Could Talk, Josh Katz’s Speaking American, Brandon Sneed’s Head in the Game, Keith Law’s Smart Baseball, Adam Piore’s The Body Builders, Chipper Jones’ Ballplayer, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s Everybody Lies, Brian Merchant’s The One Device, Brett Velicovich & Christopher Stewart’s Drone Warrior, David Macneal’s Bugged, Jan Swafford’s Language of the Spirit, William Hogeland’s Autumn of the Black Snake, Jody Foster & Michelle Joy’s The Schmuck in My Office, Saadia Zahidi’s 50 Million Rising, and (the late and much missed) John Saunders’ & John Bacon’s Playing Hurt.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? For history, I love working with authors to craft the arcs of narrative and to bring to life the characters who shaped them; for the sciences & culture, to bend big abstractions & ideas into engaging, smart, and fun books that illuminate the everyday; for memoir & intensive journalism, to help reveal the intricacies of life in extreme contexts; and to find within all of our work the arguments that are ultimately being made about the layers and truths of our collective little existence.
What are you NOT looking for? I focus exclusively on nonfiction (though am personally a fan of military, historical, and techno/Crichton-esque thrillers, and have always hoped to find the right project in those spaces). No children’s books – happy just to read them every night!
What are you currently reading? Normal People by Sally Rooney, Transcription by Kate Atkinson, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented?
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, The Signature of All Things By Elizabeth Gilbert
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? The Line Becomes A River by Fransisco Cantú, What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan, Anneliese by David Gillham
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? When it comes to fiction, I truly run on emotion and instinct. I always know when a manuscript is a good fit when I start having imaginary editorial discussions with the author in my mind before I even speak with them on the phone. With non-fiction projects, I’m looking for a similar level of passion and connection to the material but also to the subject matter–I like to work with people who are particularly insightful and who write really well about things that I care deeply about (or who write so well that they make me care deeply about things I didn’t think I cared about before). I particularly look for books that take me into unfamiliar worlds, or force me to look at the world differently.
I hold a BA from Barnard College and a JD from George Washington University Law Center. Before law school, I briefly (but memorably) worked as a production assistant on MTV’s The State. I'm originally from Montreal, Canada and am the proud mother of two “spirited” little girls.
What are you NOT looking for? Children’s books, genre science fiction, romance, Cookbooks.
What are you currently reading? My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? I grew up in Southern California and graduated from Vassar College with a BA in English and a minor in Art History. Before joining Fletcher & Company, I worked with The Wylie Agency and The Emma Sweeney Agency.
I’m interested in literary fiction with a strong, reflective narrative voice. I’m particularly drawn to stories that explore complicated family relationships and fraught friendships, either in an intimate, domestic setting or as a sprawling, multigenerational saga. I’d love to find a novel in the vein of Sally Rooney’s Normal People (or Conversations with Friends for that matter), Shelia Heti’s Motherhood, or Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation, or literary memoir like Rachel Cusk’s Aftermath and Heidi Julavits’ The Folded Clock.
In nonfiction, I’m looking for narrative reportage, cultural criticism, popular science, and history with a surprising point of view.
What are you NOT looking for? Genre fiction, YA, spiritual or religious books.
What are you currently reading? How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan; Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg; Annelies by David Gillham (forthcoming January 2019).
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? I seek out books that teach me something about a place, era, person, phenomenon, or relationship and that reveal truths about who we are as humans, how we interact with the world around us, and how we can improve. In nonfiction, these qualities appeal to me in books about food, travel, health & wellness, popular science/psychology, and Big Ideas. I also have a particular weakness for cookbooks. In fiction, I appreciate deeply researched historical settings—or invented places that are so vividly depicted that they could be real—and characters who linger in my mind long after I’ve finished reading.
What are you NOT looking for? Crime, sci-fi, children’s books.
What were you doing before you joined Fletcher & Company? Since graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in Middle East Studies, I’ve worked in a broad range of fields, including international development, farming, food photography, health & wellness media, and immigration law. I grew up in Western Massachusetts and lived in Tunisia before moving to New York City.
What are you currently reading? Florida by Lauren Groff and Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? I love getting lost in a narrative that has strong observational insights and vivid sense of character and setting. I especially appreciate a voice that can bring humor and satire to overarching social and cultural ideas and issues. For fiction, I love stories from a diverse range of settings and characters as long as I feel a sense of connection and investment in our narrative. For non-fiction, I am interested in the subjects of psychology, sociology, the natural world, health, and fitness.
What are you NOT looking for? Fantasy, travel, business, political non-fiction.
What were you doing before you joined Fletcher & Company? I grew up in California and Massachusetts and graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in English and a minor in French. Before joining Fletcher & Company I worked at The New England Review and United Talent Agency.
Todd started working as an affiliated agent with Fletcher & Company in 2010, working on a limited number of projects each year. He previously served as president of business book retailer 800-CEO-READ and co-wrote The 100 Best Business Books of All Time (Portfolio, 2009). He brings the perspective of having worked for ten years in companies both large (GE) and small (his family’s sheet metal fabrication shop).
It’s no surprise that, as an agent, Todd specializes in the genre of business books. His focus is on projects that provide unexpected perspectives on known business problems and provide clear prescriptions for solving those problems. He works closely with his authors to shape their books in a way that deepens their credibility and extends their reach. Todd has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a M.B.A from Marquette University. Todd lives and works in Portland, Oregon and teaches the business of publishing at Portland State University.